Symptoms of Nasal Polyps

What are nasal polyps

What Are the Symptoms of Nasal Polyps?

Nasal polyps are the swelling of the mucus membranes in the nose and/or sinus cavities. Symptoms of nasal polyps accompany the inflamed lining of the nasal passages and sinuses. Lasting more than 12 weeks, the inflammation can be called chronic (ongoing) sinusitis. Chronic sinusitis is not a precursor to nasal polyps.

What are the symptoms of nasal polyps? Being soft, nasal polyps do not have any feeling. When they are small, there may not be an awareness of them. A large polyp or many growths can cause blockage in the nose and sinuses. When mucus is trapped in the sinuses and cannot drain, serious infections can ensue.


Typical Symptoms of Nasal Polyps

What are the symptoms of nasal polyps? The one symptom that is most common with nasal-sinus polyps is the uncomfortable nasal congestion where you cannot breathe freely through the nose. Different illnesses can also cause congestion, therefore, this symptom might not be directly related to polyps. The sinus polyps can be reasonably minor or a totally blocked nasal pathway can occur from congestion.

With blocked nasal passages, shortness of breath might occur frequently. An incorrect diagnosis can result, since the symptom of congestion is associated with asthma.

Watch the children, too. They don’t always tell parents what’s wrong or know how to express it. If they are having difficulty breathing due to polyps, this can cause mouth breathing, snoring and a runny stuffy nose. It might be more than the common cold and medical attention should be pursued.

  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip (behind throat)nasal-polpys-symptons
  • Sneezing
  • Taste loss
  • Smell loss
  • Headache
  • Facial pain including bones holding teeth
  • TMJ pain in jaw
  • Eye itching
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pressure in forehead and face
  • Infections

Do not mistake swollen turbinates, normal tissue lining the side of the nose, with nasal polyps. Swollen turbinates are painful to touch.

Many people having nasal polyps have some of the above symptoms of sneezing, a runny nose, and postnasal drip. A diminished sense of smell occurs in approximately 75% of people with polyps. Asthmatic symptoms that can arise, are for instance, sinus infections, wheezing, and sensitivity to chemicals and odors.


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Oh, I didn’t even know children could get nasal polyps! I searched for “symptoms and treatment of nasal polyps” and this was the most comprehensive list I found, and even better was that it wasn’t a “scary” article like some other sites I’ve come across. They make you think you’re dying, but you present the information in a factual manner. Thanks!

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